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Health Literacy

WHAT IS HEALTH LITERACY?

 

Many people have trouble understanding information about their health. America's health system can be complicated and has a language all its own: Words and abbreviations that have important meanings. Health literacy is knowing how to get the health information you need, understand it and use the information to make good health care decisions.

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

 

We know that Health Care Professionals who can communicate better have better success with patients and families who use their services. AND - People who use health care services that understand the health care system better, are healthier. When they are healthier our community is healthier. Limited or low health understanding (literacy) can affect your ability to:

 

• Correctly fill out forms

• Share critical information such as your health history

• Get important screening tests

• Take care of yourself or someone else

• Understand doctor's advice or how to take medicines safely

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

For everyone it is about knowing how to get the information you need to communicate better. For example, People who use services can find out the best way to ask questions, read instructions, work their way through areas such as insurance forms and understand importance of really knowing about their health care. Health Care Professionals can easily find and use tools to learn more effective ways to communicate with print, online and in-person.

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Better Understanding

For People Who Use Health Care Services

And

Clearer Communications

For Health Care Professionals

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